As relations between Taiwan and China have thawed, the calls to bring the languages closer together have multiplied. The most recent one came last week from Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou, who said that Taiwan's and China's governments would cooperate to release an online thesaurus to serve as a reference to Chinese and Taiwanese alike. Known as the Chunghua Chinese-Language Thesaurus ― but already nicknamed the "cross-strait thesaurus" ― it is scheduled to come out next year and will be free.
President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday that Taiwan has been discussing with China a joint project to compile a new Mandarin thesaurus that will be accessible online to people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. Ma said the online dictionary, the first of its kind in Chinese history, will be commissioned by Taiwan's National Cultural Association and its counterpart in China, and compiled with the use of the cutting-edge cloud computing technology.